Friday, April 26, 2013

Off the Wall Ideas to Save a Little "Moola"

By Nancy Jill Thames
Ever hate wasting products you've paid good money for? Like one of my pet peeves is the detergent cap preventing the last little amount from escaping. One thing to do is take a knife and stab the side (notice picture at left) which allows the remaining liquid to drain out. Voila! You now have soap for two more loads.

Another little trick I picked up from Rachel Ray (love that woman) is storing fresh fruit and vegetables in zip lock bags (Hefty brand is my favorite). By using a paper towel to soak up moisture I've saved a ton of $$ this way!
And finally, a tip from me 'ol mum who lived through the Great Depression as a little girl. "Why waste the tip of the banana?" she suggests. "By cutting off the end and giving it a little squeeze - out pops the final bite." The cozy part is thinking about my mother every time I do this.

To me, being frugal is a cozy kind of thing to do. What about you? Any "moola saving tips" you'd like to share?

See you in my books!
 ~Nancy Jill 
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.

When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren in two states, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales.

Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" a mystery taking place in London, England. To learn more about the author and check out her books, please visit her blog at  

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  1. Great tips Nancy!. When I get right down to the bottom of my detergent, I take it to the sink, add water and swish around. Then I use it to clean all my toilets. Goes a long way. I love the tip about storing fruit and vegetables--will try! Thanks.

  2. You do not need to buy expensive cleaners for most things. White vinegar is a great cleaner and disinfectant. And Talk about cheap, compare the price of a gallon of vinegar to any bathroom sink/tub cleaner. It cleans stainless steel sinks great.

    To clean drains regularly, run hot water, add baking soda and then vinegar. wait as it finishes bubbling and then run hot water again until your drain is flowing nicely.

    If you don't like the smell of the vinegar, buy some of the lemon or lime in the small lemon or lime like containers and spritz the area you clean with it. Mostly the smell of vinegar will dissipate quickly and you won't notice it. I keep one cleaner does all on hand, just only if I find I have a really stubborn area. Mostly I do not need to use it. Vinegar also works great on the mold that seems to collect in my shower area. (I have no are circulation in my bathroom). cheep cheep

    1. Love adding the lemon or lime juice! My daughter-in-law actually told me to use a cut lemon to remove calcium buildup in my shower. Works great!

      Thanks for the great tips, Liz!

      ~Nancy Jill

  3. Great tips. Thanks for sharing them.
    I make my own laundry detergent for a fraction of the cost of ready made. Just put the detergent in your old containers.

    1. What a great idea, Cindi! Care to share the recipe? Detergent is expensive!

      ~Nancy Jill

  4. AnonymousApril 29, 2013 at 4:46 AM
    The Brita water filtration is very economical as well.
    More important than the cost of one's water choice is the health factors involved. We can choose a better one according to our own condition.

    ~Thanks for this anonymous tip - I love my Brita water pitcher!

    ~Nancy Jill


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